Tracks in Blue


 Tracks in Black

Gianna Vargas



Artist Statement

The idea for the "Tracks" paintings came from a presentation my students were making about trace fossils. Trace fossils are fossilized footprints, or preserved marks that living things make and leave behind. They could be insignificant like a worm burrow or historic like the footprint of our nearly human ancestor. By chance conditions these marks are preserved and if discovered, are recorded, cataloged and analyzed. These paintings are fossilization of tracks I’ve made on the canvas, but not by trusting chance conditions. I’ve manipulated the materials to achieve these results experimenting with the physical properties of pigments and tools. I enjoy these paintings because I feel like I’m connecting with my instincts and the need to discover what something can do.